Like it or not, Genesis Open headed for familiar marathon finish
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 19, 2019,
Feb 19, 2019, 0:41
Woods, who was five under after his first four holes of the third round Saturday afternoon, drifted back into the pack Sunday, shooting a one-over 72 in the final round, with four bogeys offsetting his three birdies.
It was the kind of Saturday drama at the Genesis Open that sets the table for the final round, with one big difference.
Back nine (3-over 38): A 5-5 start on the front nine (his last nine of the event) quelled that, though. Woods eagled the easy par-5 first hole, his 10th of the day, to reach three under for the week but made two closing bogeys as darkness crept in and halted the round. He teed off his third round almost nine hours later and got just seven holes in before a quick sleep and an eight-hour final Sunday sprint to the finish.
Thomas got a lot done in the eight holes he played Saturday - six in the morning to complete the second round, two in the twilight to at least leave Riviera with the lead.
McIlroy rolled in a 19-footer at the par-three fourth, then drained a 35-footer at the fifth. Play stopped across Riviera, as Woods chose to mark his ball well short of the green at the par-5 17th, where he will return to try to get up-and-down for par.
"I'm still trying to get over that 6:45 a.m. start I just heard", he said.
Woods' play since his remarkable win at last August's Tour Championship has been uninspired-he went 0-4 at the Ryder Cup, finished second-to-last at the Hero World Challenge, finished T20 at the Farmers Insurance Open before the uneven performance here.
In the morning, after finishing his second round of the rain-delayed tournament, Woods complained he was struggling reading the greens, as evidenced by his four three-putts in Friday's round.
The tournament got off to a rough start when a seven-hour rain delay on Thursday put the event off schedule for the rest of the weekend. Woods missed a lot of greens in the final round, which meant he needed to be really good around the greens, but he still delivered (specifically with the hole-out two on No. 16). It'll mark his first time competing at Golf Club de Chapultec, and normally on such a week he'd use Monday to familiarize himself with the grounds.
The tournament is set to re-start play early this morning.
"I've managed to scramble well this week and I'm going to have to do that all day tomorrow", Scott said.
This is conjecture, obviously, but I think the marathon few days these guys had to take on affected a 43-year-old Woods more than most. "Those clubs aren't coming out of the travel case".
At the time he finished, Woods ranked 101st in the field in strokes gained, putting. Ames, tied for the first-round lead with Sandy Lyle after a then-course record 63, had a 68 to keep a share of the top spot at 11-under 131.